Celebrating Somerset as a place to live, work, play and learn
We encourage communities, organisations, businesses and individuals to celebrate our county 365 days a year, but especially over the weekend nearest to 11th May, Somerset Day.
Somerset Day 365 inspires pride in our historic county and all it has to offer.
We want everyone to relish in the stunning countryside, historic cities, abundant produce, festival culture and rich heritage of the county historically known as ‘the land of the summer people’.
The Pride of Somerset Youth Awards 2020
The Pride of Somerset Youth Awards, will be held at the Conference Centre, Bridgwater and Taunton College, Taunton on Wednesday 6th May 2020 as part of the Somerset Day celebrations.
Do you know a young person under 19 on 31stMarch 2020 who lives in Somerset who you are particularly proud of, and whose achievements deserve recognition?
They may have excelled in sport, music, the arts or academically. They could have raised money for charity, cared for others, spent time volunteering or made a particular impact in their community. They may have overcome adversity either physical or personal or have undertaken a one-off act of heroism.
Whatever exceptional thing they have done, please nominate them if you think they deserve recognition.
Closing date for nominations is 17.00hrs on Friday 3rd April 2020.
Join us in the build-up to Somerset Day, 11th May 2020
Get involved with Somerset Day 365
Somerset Day 365 is run by the not-for-profit Somerset Day Community Interest Company.
We champion those who want to celebrate our wonderful county not just on Somerset Day but 365 days a year.
We’re always looking to work alongside interested and passionate individuals, communities or organisations who are eager to promote Somerset and support their local communities all year round.Find out more
We are fortunate to have amazing Patrons who are as passionate about our County as we are.
Mrs Anne Maw, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset; His Grace the Duke of Somerset DL; The Rt Revd Ruth Worsley, Bishop of Taunton; Michael Eavis CBE, founder of Glastonbury Festival; Edward Bayntun-Coward DL.
I love Somerset above all other counties in England. In particular, it has the best National Park in the whole world – Exmoor – where I have spent the happiest days of my life.
Each year momentum grows as more people get behind Somerset Day, and this year it’s safe to say this is absolutely the best year yet!
With food and craft fairs, exhibitions, competitions, concerts and of course, tea parties, we’re hoping everyone in the county has a chance to celebrate all that’s great about the county.
Somerset Day is all about community, and we’re so pleased that groups throughout the county have put so much effort into organizing activities that really brought Somerset Day to life in 2018.
I love Somerset because it’s where I feel most myself
I have lived in Somerset for thirty-four years, longer than I lived in Yorkshire. Somerset has everything that I left behind when I moved here (or else I would never have been tempted away from Yorkshire). Somerset is so beautiful: it has hills, moors, a gorge, caves and a coastline. It has castles, cathedrals, grand estates and cottages. It has a wealth of wildlife in the woods, waterways and wetlands. I never tire of its beauty, there is always something to see throughout every season. Most of all what I like about Somerset is that the people made us welcome and continue to do so. As a head teacher I was always supported by my lovely parents as together we looked after their children.
Somerset is my birthplace, my home, it is part of my soul. Murmurations of starlings; sunrise behind the silhouette of Glastonbury Tor; the glow on the evening horizon from a trillion Carnival-float light bulbs or the throbbing heartbeat of the headline Festival act on a still summers night – these are the essence of my Somerset.
Everything about the word ‘Somerset’ conjures up images that cheer and inspire, that melt the heart and ease the mind. For once, it’s a word and a county that doesn’t disappoint.
I’m very proud to live in Somerset and wholeheartedly recommend the quality of life it has to offer. Somerset Day is a fitting tribute to celebrate this big and beautiful county, so come along on 11th May and find out for yourself.
I am very much enjoying living in Somerset having lived just over the border in Dorset for many years. I am particularly fond of Wells, Bath, Frome and Castle Cary as places to visit. I am a patron of the Secret World Animal Rescue, near Bridgwater and Happy Landings at Pylle near Shepton Mallet. The Chapel at Bruton is a favourite haunt and eating place for me.
I didn’t think I’d survive originally but looking back over nearly fifty years of running this thing, Somerset is the only place the Festival could have happened. It’s the only place it could have become so big, it’s the only place it could have survived so long.
Somerset is full of non-conformists and original thinkers, it’s very anti-establishment. It has been since my family moved here over 150 years ago, has been for hundreds of years before that. We were Methodists in Pilton, there were Quakers in Street.
There’s nowhere else in the country I would have got away with it.
What would Somerset be without cider? We’re a Somerset company through and through.
My family has lived in the county for generations, and celebrating Somerset is what we do every day of our lives through our orchards, which are such a stunning part of our local environment, to the cider we make.
Somerset Day at our pub, The Railway Inn, has become a really popular annual event, with live music, cider & cheese tastings, and activities for all the family.
For us, Somerset Day is all about coming together with friends and family, in our community, and celebrating this fantastic area we live and work in.
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